Columbia, SC
Tuition (in-state)
$27,644 ($10,488)
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3 College Sophomore

Computers: Computer labs and printing are available, the internet on campus is terrible/slow/inconsistent.

3 College Freshman

Computers: One of the biggest complaints made by students at the university, is the wifi. However, if you are studying in your dorm or close to an ethernet outlet, it is essential to bring one with you for fast & reliable internet.

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4 College Senior

Computers: The computers are up-to-date, just needs to improve on network availability

3 College Freshman

Computers: The internet can be shoddy at times but for the most part is fine. Nothing worse than an occasional annoyance. Definitely recommend bringing a computer to school.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: Good wireless connection and easy access to labs however poor lab ta's


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 505th
    Fastest Internet
  • 638th
    Best Network Reliability
  • 651st
    Best Computer Availability
  • 794th
    Best Wireless Availability

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Gregory Goetz
Fort Mitchell, KY
Media Arts/Entrepreneurial Business
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Students at USC rely heavily on computers both in and out of the classroom. Computers are required for writing papers, doing research on the Internet, creating projects, and checking homework assignments and grades online through Blackboard. Students also use USC’s Visual Information Processing (VIP) system online to register for classes, pay their tuition and sign up for housing. The computer labs on campus provide ample resources for students; however, many students find it more convenient to have their own computer to enjoy its 24-hour availability, download music, watch online videos and television shows, and avoid a trek across campus. If you don’t bring your own computer, the Thomas Cooper Library has a limited number of laptops it rents out to students for a day.

The Internet connection is much better than what many students are used to. There is a high-speed Ethernet connection in every dorm and apartment room, and students also have the option of setting up a wireless connection with Computer Services. The network occasionally experiences problems, but these are generally few and far between. Computer Services also provides in-room and over-the-phone assistance with your computer in case you have problems or questions. Whether you decide to bring your own computer or use the University facilities, you will find the technological resources easily accessible and of high quality.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
24-Hour Labs?
Bates, Patterson, and Columbia Hall; Thomas Cooper Library
Charged to Print?
About 10 cents per page
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Free and discounted software is available through University Technology Services at
Did You Know?
  • The University offers free antivirus software downloads to students and faculty, and Computer Services offers free software training classes for students.
  • Long distance and voice mail services are also available to students through Computer Services by visiting
  • The student technology center will help diagnose and fix any problems with students' computers.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 152 responses

Very weak
  • Availability of computer labs
  • Campus tech support
  • Free/discounted software
  • Number of computer labs
  • Printing cost/quota limits
  • Reliability of network
  • Speed of network
  • Technology in classrooms and labs
  • Wireless availability

How necessary is it to bring your own computer?    Based on 173 responses

  • 1% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
  • 71% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 23% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 5% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
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